7. Werkleitz Biennale Happy Believers
Festival Program
Picture Gallery
german version
Sunday 10.09.2006

11 a.m.
exhibition guided tour

12 a.m. Konzertmuschel
Midday Mass
by Pastor Leumund, Berlin

1 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Anke Hoffmann

Der Optionist
Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer
DE 2004, 4:30 min, English

Cao Fei
CN 2004, 8 min

We Have Decided Not To Die
Daniel Askill
AU 2003, 11:30 min

L'Eau du Guide
Léopold Rabus
FR 2005, 17 min, French with English subtitles

The Flying Project
Joel Tauber
2003, 33 min, English

Niklas Goldbach
DE 2003, 10:30 min

3 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
The Gods of Times Square
Richard Sandler
USA 2001, 114 min, video, English

3 p.m.
exhibition guided tour

6 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Change of Programme!
Unfortunately the film "Technocalyps", which was planned to be screened, can not be shown.
Instead, we will repeat the following films:
6 p.m. Jeppe Ronde Jerusalem My Love
8 p.m. Rick Minnich Heaven on Earth

10 p.m. Happy Believers Club
Rock My Religion
DJ Aguirre, Werkleitz


Niklas Goldbach: Greetings
Greetings: an utopia of peace in times of the cold war. Peaceful greetings by 55 nations of the earth to possible life forms in the universe. The video contains more than 100 different ufo movies found in the internet. The sound contains greetings in 55 languages and a speech of former UN-General-Secretary Kurt Waldheim, which was also sent into space in 1977´s Voyager mission. Carl Sagan, project manager, has noted: “The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet.” The video uncovers the attempt of constructing a peaceful and harmonic view on our planet as a helpless and melancholic utopia.

The video artist Niklas Goldbach deals with the role of the individual in a world framed and created by images. The contrasts between personal feelings of alienation and mass-cultural fantasy are a recurring theme; contradictions between public and private spheres are a key topic in his latest works.